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More Than 400 Russian Cannon
Taken When Germans Storm
Fortress With 42-Centimeter
Czar's Garrison Now Retreating
Over Railway to Vilna After
Offering Stubborn Resist
ance for a Week.
BERLIN (Via wireless to Say
vflle), Aug. 18. The great Rus
sian fortress of Kovno was cap
tured by the Germans last night.
An offical announcement from the
war office today declared:
"The fortress of Kovno, to
gether with all the forts and war
material not yet counted has been
in German hands since last night.
More than 400 cannon were taken.
The fortress was stormed in spite
of the most tenacious Russian re
sistance." The fortress of Novo Georgievsk
is Ibout to. fall. German troops
have stormed and captured two
more of the forts on the north
eastern side of die Novo
Capture of Kovno, the most im
portant German victory since the
taking of Warsaw,, forecasts the
surrender by the Russians of the
strongly fortified Kovno-Brest
Litvosk line, of which Kovno was
the northern stronghold. Austro
German forces already are within
striking distance of the outer forts
of Brest Litovsk, the southern end
of the Russian line end of defense.
Kovno fell under the eye of von Hln
denburg. Capture of the fortress Is the
first personal triumph of the "Old Man
of the Maiurlan Lakes" since the great
Austro-German campaign In the east
was Inaugurated.
The six great forts defending the city
from the west and southwest were
simply blown to pieces by the Incessant
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Italian Alpinists Make Daring
Midnight Attack on Aus
trians. ROME. Aug. 18. Creeping single-file
across two great glaciers at midnight, a
small detachment of daring Alpinists
scaled the snow-topped peak of Tucket
spltze and surprised and captured an
Austrian battery mounted on the sum
mit. The official statement, detailing this
operation, glen out early today, also
reported a successful attack on two of
the principal positions defending the
Austrian fortress of Tolmlno, on the
Iscr.ro. The Italians occupied soveral
trenches and took 66! prisoners and
many guns.
The capture of Tucketspitze was one
of the most brilliant feats of the Tyro
lean fighting. A small body of Alpin
ists, among them many mountain
guides, set out from Capanna Mllano
Monday night. The night was black,
but. fearing detection while crossing the
Ice field, the Alpinl dhided Into two
small groups, roped together to prevent
disaster In one of the glacier crevices.
Camoscl glacier was first crossed, then
Camoscl pass, nearly 10,000 feet above
the sea level. Through the pass the Al
pinl made their way to the edge of
Onmpo glacier ana crossing without re
sistance, climbod the steep heights of
Tucketspltze. 11,354 feet in .the clouds,
and surprised the sleeping' Austrlans.
One group then made its way to Htnter
Madatschvpltzc, 11,265 feet above the
sea, and drove the Austrlans down the
slopes before dawn,
"We have occupied Sattelberg. west of
I nnge Alps." General Cadorna reported.
' In the Monte Nere region we have
captured several of the enemy's
trenche. repulsing counUr-atUcks,"
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Of Greece.
Accepts Ministry Proffered by
King Prepared to Meet Op
portunities. LONDON. Aug. li-Ex-Premler Vonl
zelos has accepted the Invitation of King
Constantlne to form a new Greek cabi
net, according "to dispatches from
Athens today.
The so-called "war party" leader and
tho King found themselves In accord,
the dispatches said, andrVcnfzelos prom
ised to name the new ministry within a
few days.
The new cabinet, it la stated, probably
will favor the continuance of the policy
of neutrality, but will be willing to par
ticipate In any negotiations that may
Hdvance Greece's Interests.
Palm Beach Suits Give Way to
Heavier Clothes as Ther
mometer Volplanes.
Gentle zephyrs as, of early fall played
about outside, and faint odors as of
moth balls were detected Inside closed
street cars this morning.
For the Palm Beach suits will have a
vacation for nearly a week, beginning
today, and some even brought forth
overcoats to come downtown In this
morning. The mercury volplaned down
to 63 degrees, the Weather Bureau re
ports, between 5 and 6 o'clock, and even
after daybreak It climbed very slovly
In the tube.
This happy state of affairs was
brought about, the forecaster states, by
a low barometric pressure ovor the
northern area of the United States, and
the cooling breezes were due to the cold
northeast breezes "pulled In" by the
storm now raging In Texas.
Happier news yet was forthcoming
from the weather man, for he predicts
this sort of weather for several days
to come, nnd believes It will last over
the greater part of a week. Thero la
nary a sign of a hot wave In sight.
German Charged With Seeking
Forbidden Information, Pleads
Not Guilty.
Walter Ortolph. charged with entering
Government reservations to obtain in
formation regarding national defense to
which he was not entitled, pleaded not
guilty at tho hearing In Tallahasrce
Tuesday afternoon. The hearing by con
sent of counsel was postponed to Thurs
day, tho delay being In order to obtain
a German Interpreter.
It Is stated the authorities have dis
covered strong evidence against Or
tolph. The nature of tho evidence is
withheld by the investigators. The
chief witnesses In the case are persons
with whom Ortolph lived while on the
Florida weit const.
Brazilian Envoy Is
Safe at New Orleans
Scnor Cardoso, the Brazilian minister
at Mexico City, along with the Guate
malan minister to Mexico, Senor Ortega,
has arrived In New Orleans. They were
on board the Sacramento, which was de
layed by the storm In the Gulf.
Both ministers will come to Washing
ton. The Brazilian, minister has been
in charge of American interests In Mex
ico City, and will be received by the
President and Secretary Lansing, and
thanked for hU service.
Great Shipbuilding Plant at Phil
adelphia Said to Be Control
led by Kaiser.
Trade Expert Said to Have In
spired Protest Von Bern
. storff Remains Silent.
NEW YORK. Aug. 18. That the
great Cramp shipyard at Philadelphia
la now controlled by the German im
perial government la the latest alle
gation brought about by the exposure
of Teutonic activity In this country.
Wall Street .Is confidant that the
Kaiser's nation owns this vast estab
lishment, the purchaae having been
made by Chandler Brother A Co.
from the proceeds of many millions
of dollars raised by the sale of Ger
man Imperial treasury notes.
The German government has raised
(20,000,000 In this country since March.
Wall Street recalled today, following
the Important disclosures mad by
the New York World that accredited Oer
man agents had established a large
munition factory In Bridgeport and
had purchased the output of powder
mills, shipyards and munition plants
to handicap the allies.
No Official Anawer.
"Don't expect any official anawer to
the allegations now being printed. Then
will not be any, for there Is nothing to
answer "
So declared today one of the purported
chief conspirator of the alleged German
conspiracy which a New York news
paper asserts ha bfen organized against
the neutrality of the United Butts.
A persistent effort was mad by the
United Press today to obtain an ex
pression from the menferanded a con
spirators, on the strength of their pri
vate correspondence, as revealed In the
World expose, but they, apparently,
have no statement to make. The Ger
man quoted refused to permit use of his
"Only one thing can keep that story
alive," he said, "and that would be a
reply by Ambassador von Bernstorff, or
Dr. Albert, or the chancellor himself
They won't answer It because It contains
nothing that requires an answer, and
they know that to make u statement
now would only be to prolong the at
tack. It will fall of Its own weight or
blow away by reason of Its lack of
weight In another day or two."
Seeing Count von Bernstorff at the
Rltz-Carlton seemed to confirm this
German's view. He refused to discuss
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Public Utilities Commission
Opens Investigaton as to
Proper Standard.
When is a street car overloaded?
Is It when It contains only a small
percentage of "strap hangers" or
when passenger are clinging to the
Investigation Is being made by the
Public Utilities Commission with a
view of establishing a fixed standard
of car loading. This statement was
sent to the Washington and Old Do
minion Railway Company today, fol
lowing the receipt of a letter asking
that It be advised as to what has
been established as an overcrowded
or unduly crowdej car.
The railway oompany was notified
that observations made by Inspectors
of the commission show overcrowded
conditions on the cars leaving for
Great Falls during the afternoon rush
"In a number of Instances," the com
mission stated, "as many as 27, 23, and
33 passengers In excess of the seating
capacity were observed on cars having
a seating capacity of forty-four.
"8ch conditions appear to be condu
cive not only to Inconvenience and dis
comfort, but actual danger as well,
particularly as passengers aro some
times found riding on the steps."
The company's answer to a recent
letter on the subject was that while
some cars leave the terminal at Thirty
sixth and M streets with a large per
centage of standing passengers, the'
begin to discharge at Rosslyn, and
within ten or twelve minutes usually
have less than a seated load
Footpads Bombarded
With Battery of Eggs
CHESTER, Pa., Aug. 18.-A bag of
eggs early today saved Wallace Games
of being "touched" for a gold watc'i
and $10 In cash by footpads.
The men held up Games In a lnnh
spot and demanded he empty his nock.
ets. His answer was to throw n rio-.en
"no a nan oj eggs in me mitves' facts
The would-be robers were routed.
Mexican War Cost
14 American Lives
A Total of One Hundred and Two
' Soldiers arid Civilians Kill
ed or Wounded.
A total of 102 American soldiers and
civilians have been killed and wounded
along the United States-Mexico border
from March . ,1911, the date President
Taft first ordered troops to the border
States to prevent firing across the In
ternational line, according to official
War Department figures prepared for
the United Press today. The tabulated
casualties follow:
. Soldiers. . Civilians.
Progresso Ferry.. iNaco
I. Brownsville
Unnamed place.
Douglas 7
Niilato 1
El Paso 17
Norlas 'J
Progresso Ferry, t
Naeo ....IS
Alice road 'I
Douglas 1
EI Paso 4
Ptlares 1
unnamed places.. 3
Brownsville 1
Sebastian 2
Norlas 1
Total, casualties, 102.
Total killed. 14.
Total wqunded, 88.
Crew of Work Train Report
Devastation Great as They
Approach Flood-Swept City.
8M1THvn.LE, Tex.. Aug. lS.-The
crew of a Santa Fe work train reaching
here from Texas City Junction at noon
reported the track torn up and thut they
were unable to proceed further.
Thev say they found eighteen bodies
at 'Hllchcock, twenty miles from Gal
veston. Several business signs from Market
street, Galveston, were found scattered
all the way from Hitchcock to Texas
City Junction, they said.
The water Is said to be three miles
farther Inland than In 1900, when Gal
veston was nearly wiped off the map.
AUSTFN, Tex., Aug. 18. Reports re
ceived here from Houston today stated
that ten houses were blown down In
Bellalre, a suburb. Two persons were
killed a carpenter, whose barn fell on
him, and a negro who became entangled
In a lira wire. Practically every big
establishment In Houston was badly
Seabrook, a small town, twerrty-rtve
miles from Houston dft the bay, was
practically annihilated.- Texas C'ty also
suffered heavy damage, and Is In need
of food supplies. A boatload or pro
visions has been sent there from
No News From Texas
Is Being Received
By Weather Bureau
The storm that swept along the mast
and now la spending Its force In Texas
Is playlnr havoc with the records of the
United States Weather Bureau.
When a storm Is In -the Interior re-
fiorts can be srleaned from cities around
t. but this storm. It was said at the
bureau today, has cut off all of south
eastern Texas.
Reports of terrific winds today were
received from Houston, which reports
had been sent by mall to Taylor and
telegraphed from there. All telegraphic
communication with points In the sweep
of the storm has been cut off, and rail
road communication has stopped from
many cities. Including Galveston.
This leaves the Weather Bureau with
out Its daily reports from a large sec
tion of the Gulf coast, and only mes
sages from cities In the vicinity which
tell of the havoc wrought In the storm
rased area.
Damage in Houston
As Result of Storm
May Reach $5,000,000
DALLAS. Tex., Aug. 18. Railroad
men reaching Temple. Tex., from Hous
ton over the Santa Fe, report gTeat
damage In the latter city as the result
of yesterday's storm.
Hundreds of buildings have been un
roofed and many completely destroyed,
they said. Electric and gas plants are
said to be out of commission and the
entire telephone system paralyzed.
From Houston to Rosenberg the
whole country Is devastated and Is un
der from t"-o to four feet of water,
according to the railroad men. They
said thev heard the damage In Houston
alone was estimated at $5,000,000.
The storm attained Its full force In
Dallas last nlsrht. and there was still
considerable wind and rain this morn
ing. The damage was comparatively
Where wll Bmll Grabll. the alleged
leper, who escaped from the Isolation
hospital on the East Branch last neek,
finally locate
The District of Columbia does not
want him.
Pittsburgh, where he surrendered Sun
'ay. Is anxious to get rid of him.
Responding to the suggestion that the
District arrange to bring Grable back to
Washington. Health nffccr v. C.
Woodward today wrote Dr. Samuel G.
Dixon, commissioner of health of Penn
sylvania, that he had referred the re
luest to the surgeon general of the
Public Health Service. Dr Woodward
also advised the Pennsylvania commis
sioner that the District was unsuccess
ful In Its efforts to have Grable removed
to his home In St. Ixuls or to a Federal
quarantine station, quoting from a let
ter received from Acting Secretary of
he Treasury Newton, which read "No
lepers are being sent to Federal quaran
tine stations and It Is Impracticable to
force the return of a leper to the State
from which he has departed."
Mexican Military Leader An
nounces He Will Fight to Fin
ish and Won't Parley.
Mexicans Fire Across Border
and Wound Others in Ameri
can Patrol.
The last hone of Influencing General
Carranza to agree to peace parley
through General Obregon, his first mili
tary chief, and the man most respon
sible for Villa's defeat, was shattered
when the text of an Interview In whlcn
Obregon declared for a finish fight
reached Washington today.
Gen. Pablo Gonzalez. Carranza5s other
chief military leader, prtvlously had de
nounced the efforts of Pan-American
dinlomat3 and declared that their In
terference, military or political, in
Mexico meant war. General Obregon
declai ed that so far as he was concern
ed the wnr would go to a finish.
Conferred With Villa.
"Any suggestion that I shall engage
In the conference will be rejected,"
said Obregon. "If there Is any sugges
tion of a conference It must be made by
General Carranza, and it is he who must
answer "
Obregon was sent by Carranza to
treat with Villa when the latter first
broke with the first chief. He wks
unsuccessful. "I did my best to pre
vent the war," Obregon said In recalling
this earlier peace move. "I Pleaded with
General Villa and risked my life to In
duce him not to cause a split. He would
have war. however, so now, as far as I
am concerned. It will so to a finish."
Ameriacn Soldier Killed.
One American soldier killed and two
wounded ip the latest toll tsktn by the
Mexican border raiders, according to an
official report received at the War De
partment' today from MaJ. Gen. TreTF"
erick H. tunston. One of the wounded
Americans Is a commissioned officer.
The casualty list Is:
Killed Corpl. John William, Troop C.
Twelfth Cavalry.
Wounded Lieutenant Henry, shot
three times in the arm, all flesh wounds,
and Private Edmonds B. Jackson,
Troop C, Twelfth Cavalry.
The Americans were flred on from
across the border by a band of seventy-five
Mexican desperndos.
Carranza and Carranza'a generals are
continuing to Jnslst that Carranza must
be recognized, or the United States and
the Latin-American powers represent-,
cd In the conference must keep hands
off. From all Indications, Carranza'a
response will be a flat demand for rec
ognition. Report of Funaton.
In reporting last night's brush on the
border. General Funston transmitted to
the War Department the following re
port by Major Anderson, commanding
at Mercxdes, Tex., near where the at
tempted raid took place:
"About dusk an American outpost of
fourteen men, under Lieutenant Henry,
at Pregresao Ferry, eight miles south
of Mercedes, waa fired upon by a band
rsttmated at about .;venty-flve men
from across tho river. Our men re
turned the fire; engagement lasted
about thirty minutes.
Special Orders Given by Secre
tary Daniels to Watch Wire
less Messages.
The Navy Department, as a result of
special orders, given by Secretary Dan
iels, Is seeing to It that no unneutral
messages are sent through the Say
vlllo wireless plant for the use of the
German Government or any other for
eign power.
This was made emphatic by Secre
tary Daniels today. The Secretary
talked about the reports that the editor
of the Providence Journal had laid be
fore him evidence that unneutral mat
ter wns going through the Sajvllle
plant for the benefit of Germany.
Secretary Daniels sail that about
three weeks ago he had ft conference
with John Rathoni. editor of tho Provi
dence Journal. Rathom laid before him
evidence that unneutrnj messages had
been sent through Sayvllle. This evi
dence was such thnt the Secretary
called In Captnln Billiard, head of the
Arlington wireless, plnnt and superin
tendent of thf radio service. Together
they went over Rathom's evidence.
Such Is tho care being taken by this
Government now. nccoidlng to Sec
retary Daniels, that If the officer in
chnigo at 'nyvllle ha any doubt?
about the propriety of a memmgo he
sends It to thf N'a y Department he
fore allowing ,t to pass.
Concerning the charge that a German
wireless plant was located in Washing
ton, the Secretary said his Investiga
tions led him to believe there was noth
ing to It.
"Anybody can set up a little receiving
plant, ' said Secretary Daniels. "But any
message of the Navy Department or the
State Department, which Is not In code
Is a message which will bo made public
anyhow. If any message Is sent which
Is confidential. It is In code and unless
the person receiving It has the code he
would have to Information."
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Ten Killed and 36 Wounded in
Third Night Attack on Brit
ish Isle.
LONDON. Aug. IS. Zeppelin airships
again raided the English coast last
night, .kllllnar ten persona and wounding
thirty-six. The admiralty said the Zep
pelins escaped.
This afternoon's official statement,
like those Issued following previous air
attack, contained no mention, of the
localities raided.
-"One of the raiding dirigibles Is be
lieved to have been hit and damaged
by antl-alr craft guns stationed along
the coast. The bombs damaged several
buildings. Including a church.
'Zeppelins visited the eastern coun
ties last night and dropped bomtn,"
said the admiralty statement, "bur
anti-aircraft guns were In action, and
It Is believed one Zeppelin was hit.
Due to the difficult atmospheric condi
tions .the Zeppelins escaped.
"8ome houses and other buildings. In
cluding a church, were domaged. The
dead include seven men, two women
and one child. The injared were fifteen
men, eighteen women and three chil
dren. All the victims were civilians."
This Is the third air raid by Zeppelins
on the east coast within eight days, and
the seventeenth air Invasion of England
since the war began. A total of eighty
five oersons have been killed by'boinos
dropped from German air craft over
England, and :7 persons have been In
When Reichstag Meets Tomor
row Dr. Karl Liebknicht May
Alone Offer Objections.
BERLIN (via The Hague), Aug ID.
Despite the activities of Dr. Karl Lieb
knicht, radical socialist leader, the ma
jority of the socialists In the relchstug
are prcpored to vote a war credit of
J2. 002, 000.000 when the Reichstag con
venes tomorrow.
Liebknicht. who already has an
nounced that he will ask the government
on what terms Germany would agree to
an Immediate peace, probably will vote
"no" on the proposal to grant further
credits for war purposes. A few other
socialists may leave the hall as a silent
protest, but the majority of the socialist
members, following a three-day confer
ence, have announced their determina
tion to support the government.
As a spectnelo, the first session of the
retchstag tomorrow afternoon will rival
tho famous meeting of a year ago hn
the first credits for the prosecution of
the war were votjed amid unparalleled
scenes. American Ambassador Gerard
and other members of the diplomatic
corps are planning to attend.
It Is reported that the coming session
will uncover several party splits, princi
pally In the ranks of the National Lib
erals and the. Socialists. The socialist
labor leaders, for Instance, will Insist
that action be taken against alleged food
speculators. They also are prepared to
oppose certain new orders respecting the
German landsturm.
Released By Court
3 Negroes Lynched
Alabama Mob Executes Men Who
Had Been Accused of Poison
ing Mules.
MONTGOMERY. A!a Aug IS. -Three
negroes were ljnched at Hopehull, near
here, early this morning by a mob.
The negroes were recently released In
court on chare of poUoalag. mult.
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"Shocking Affair Will Be Probed
to Bottom, I Will Undertake
to Bring Them to Justice,"
He Declares.
Body of Mob Violence Victim on
Way to Brooklyn for Inter-
ment as Officials Begin In
vestigation. ATLANTA, Ga Aug. 18.
Governor Harris was at his office
early this morning to devote his
attention to the investigation of
the lynching yesterday of Leo M.
Frank near Marietta.
"The shocking affair will be
probed to the bottom," the gover
nor said. "I will undertake to find
out the men who took a hand in
the lynching and bring them to.
The governor said he would con
fer with the members of the pris
on commission as soon as possible.
One of the commissioners, E. L.
Rainey, arrived in Atlanta this
morning and the others, R. E.
Davison and T. E. Patterson, are
expected, later in the dayr
Mr. Rainey said that the officials
at the State prison farm should not
be held responsible for the remov
al of Frank, nor, he added, could
the prison commissioners, who
were at the farm, be held re
sponsible. "The mob took everybody com
pletely by surprise and nobody had
a chance to resist," Mr. Rainey de
The body of Frank left Atlanta at
12:01 o'clock Wednesday morning on
Southern passenger train No. 36. "With
the body went Mrs. Frank, the widow:
Alex Marcus, her brother-in-law; Rabbi
David Marx, the family pastor: Her
bert Haas and Harrv Alexander, friends
of Frank and attorneys in his case.
The body will bo taken to the home
of Frank's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Adolph Frank, in Brooklyn, and all ar
rangements for the funeral and Inter
ment will be made there.
The funeral train will pass through
Washington about 11 o'cock tonight and
arrive In New York at the Pennsyl
vania station at 6 o'clock tomorrow
The body was viewed by thousands of
people yesterday afternoon at the un
dertaking establishment of Greenberg
& Bond at Houston and Ivy streets.
The police made the crowd pass
through in single file, entering through
the front door and going out through
the back door, and no person was ,il
lowed to pause beside the body. Thj
viewing commenced shortly after 2
o'clock and continued until 7 o'clock,
so as to give the undertakers
time and room to embalm the body for
shipment on the midnight train. Chief
Mnyo was present much of the timo
that the body was being viewed to direct
the handling the crowd. Acting Mayor
Ragsdale also went to the scene and ad
dressed the crowd, urging it to be quiet
and orderly.
Governor Incensed.
The governor la understood to bo far
from satisfied with the explanation
given by members of the State prison
board and officials that the Milledgevllle
prison farm warden, superintendent,
and guards were o lll-pre'pared that
they vere powerless to resist the
Ho Is quoted as saying that. In view
of repeated threats that the place would
be raided onti Frank taken from his
custodians ard ' nched, all preparations
ought to have boon made, and the lack
of them was unpardonable.
The executive la also understood to
be much Incensed at the Atlanta pollen
for yielding to the demand that throngs
be permitted to view the body and ex
posing It for thousands to see In an un
dertaking establishment
While one element thtoughout the State
condones the lynching, another group Is
open In Its expression of opinion, not
only that the affoJr was a frightful out
rage, but that the authorities, wherever
they figured In the chfp. made an abomi
nable showing. Judge Morris, of Mariet
ta, who saved Frank's body trom mutila
tion and succeeded in getting It to At
lanta, is practically the oiil person
spoken of as having behaved creditably
in connection with the incident.
Governor Criticised.
The governor himself came In for se
vere criticism for leaving the capital to
make a pseech at the State encamp
ment of Confederate eteians after 't
was known Frank had been kidnaped
from Mllledgevllle. He was blamed tn
gsQsrsi, too, or conditions on the prison

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